Focus Friday: The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers, by BarbDrozdowich

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The only thing that we all have in common is that we love books; we love books so much that we have created blogs to express our thoughts about the books that we read. Book bloggers also have access to a computer. Other than that, they can be male or female (although in my survey there were many more females than males), they can vary in age, be quite computer literate, or just barely holding their own as far as technology is concerned. They may be teenagers, sharing their love of Young Adult (YA) as they conquer their high school classes; they may be a stay-at-home mom spending her free time, sharing her thoughts on her favorite books as an escape from the kids. They may be budding authors using a book blog as a way to experiment with their writing. A book blogger may be a parent/child duo, with the parent encouraging the child to read more. They may be newly retired looking for a mental challenge and a way to share their life-long love of books.

Book blogging is usually a hobby; it is something that is done in a blogger’s spare time. If book bloggers make money from ads on their blogs, it generally isn’t much—it might keep them in lattes. There are a few exceptions, of course, but book blogging and reviewing books is something that book bloggers do for no pay.

Many book bloggers started blogging to simply share their thoughts with other book lovers. Have a look at this selection of the answers that I received when I asked the question “Why did you start book blogging?”

  • “Because I wanted to be able to share great books with other readers.”
  • “I am very supportive of many changes taking place in the book industry. I am particularly supportive of ebooks and talented Indie and small press authors and LOVE helping spread the word about their books. I also personally enjoy discovering new to me authors who can help support my book addiction.”
  • “I love to read. This was a way to share what I like and to find new books and authors to read.”
  • “To talk with other book lovers, and to have a creative outlet online.”
  • “To have a place to talk about books, to be a part of a community.”
  • “To encourage my students, to share my love of books.”
  • “As a hobby/just for fun.”
  • “Nothing is better than finding ‘that’ book. The one that rings your bell. I like helping people find it!”
  • “To share my love of books with the world.”
  • “Because I wanted to find new readers like me who are big romance fans to discuss books with and share this big passion of mine!”
  • “To create a space where my kids and I give our opinions about children’s books— we don’t always agree!”

 My favorite of the list above is: “To share my love of books with the world.” 

About the book

Do you feel out of your comfort zone when dealing with book bloggers? They are the New Gatekeepers to book publishing success—but how can you tap into that source of free promotions by putting your best foot forward?

The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers combines the advice of 215 blogging professionals collected in a survey covering all aspects of communication between authors and Review Blogs. Whether you are a new author, or have many titles under your belt, let us demystify the promotion of your book on a book blog.

You’ll learn about whom and where book bloggers are, and the following:

  • The Query,
  • The Review,
  • The Giveaway,
  • The Author Interview,
  • The Guest Post,
  • The Book Blurb Excerpt and Cover Reveals and more!

“I’ve found Barb’s advice on forging a professional relationship with the blogging community indispensable. Her step-by-step approach will help you garner the reviews needed to increase book sales.”

–Christine Nolfi, bestseller author of Treasure Me

The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers is available on:

About the author

BarbDrozdowichPicSocial Media and WordPress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught at Colleges and Universities, trained technical personnel in the banking industry and, most recently, used her expertise to help dozens of authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular Romance Book blog, Sugarbeat’s Books.

Barb can be found: 

And follow Barb on Twitter @sugarbeatbc

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Win-A-Book Wednesday: The Mancode: Exposed by Rachel Thompson

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This week’s Win-A-Book Wednesday is a little more challenging than usual. In The Mancode: Exposed, best-selling author Rachel Thompson exposes her “beliefs, experiences, and thoughts on men and women. Stripping off the pre tense of stereotypes, undressing myself for your reading pleasure.”

If you’d like to win a copy of this hilarious, best-selling exposé, write your best comeback to this situation from the book:

“If my guy can’t be asleep by 9:30 p.m. each night, he’s Mr. Crankypants the next day. Granted, he’s up at 4:30 a.m. to deal with East Coast clients. But it kind of puts a dent in our social calendar. On the weekends. When he doesn’t have to be up early.

It even makes TV viewing difficult if the kids and I stay up late. Funny how he’ll listen to his shows so loud my mom up in Northern California can hear them but when we want to watch a show, I’ll get a text (yes, a text), “TURN IT DOWN,” when it’s already so low we’re reading lips.

What’s your best comeback to a “TURN IT DOWN” text? From someone in the same house?

Leave your responses in the Comments section. Rachel’s favourite will win a free copy of The Mancode: Exposed.

Besides The Mancode: Exposed, Rachel Thompson is the author another humour book, A Walk In The Snark, and of the award-winning Broken Pieces. She also owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in the San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…), 12Most.combitrebels.comBookPromotion.com, and Self Publishing Monthly. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.

You’ll enjoy her website, her Facebook page, and her Goodreads page.
And don’t forget to follow her on Twitter: @RachelintheOC
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